KIMBy Kim Duke

neta & afaa Certified Trainer

The capacity of the human body is truly amazing. Every time you turn around there are more challenging workouts being developed, obstacles added to running races, and speed and strength demands constantly increased.

People are training harder and longer in order to achieve their fitness goals, and their bodies need to constantly adapt and withstanding intense training year round.

Unfortunately, there is a threshold as to what the human body can endure. Once that threshold is met, the body begins to break down.

We start to experience muscle strains, sprains and tears. Many people will do whatever is necessary to get back to the gym or back to their sport of choice, sometimes risking health or breaking the rules in order to quicken their recovery. Below are five ways to help the body heal naturally.

Musculoskeletal Realignment: In many cases, due to intense training, we develop musculoskeletal imbalances, which can put unwanted strain on the joints, leading to injury.

Finding a qualified chiropractor or neuromuscular therapist can help realign the body by releasing knotted muscles that may be putting unwanted strain on the body. Releasing these knots also helps improve blood flow throughout the muscles, allowing for nutrients and oxygen to properly flow to help promote healing.

Proper Nutrition: What we eat plays a huge role in injury recovery. Avoid processed foods like refined grains and sugars, and artificial additives and sweeteners, as they will increase systematic inflammation and detract from the body’s healing abilities.

Removing other acidifying food, like dairy, wheat, alcohol and soft drinks, from the diet is also recommended. These acid-producing foods cause minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorous to be drawn from the muscles and bones in order to neutralize the acid, thus preventing tissue from healing.

Instead, increase protein intake, as it is required to repair all body tissues and build new cells. Also, increase vegetable intake, especially dark leafy greens. Dark greens are high in essential vitamins and minerals, which can help strengthen the bones and connective tissue as well as improve circulation and enhance the immune system.

Increase omega-3 intake. Omega-3s, especially DHA and EPA, are one of the body’s most potent anti-inflammatory compounds.

Herbs and Spices: Ginger and rosemary both have excellent anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effects, and their efficacy is drastically increased when taken together. Boswellia also helps reduce inflammation.

Arnica Montana is a homeopathic herb that has tremendous healing properties. Not only does it act as an anti-inflammatory, but also when taken at the onset of an injury it can reduce trauma, allowing for the healing process to begin more rapidly.

Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C is essential to formation of collagen in skin, muscle, cartilage and bone. Supplementing calcium and magnesium is not only vital for bone integrity, but also helps create alkalinity within the body.

Manganese is another mineral that aids in the formation of connective tissue and bones. It is essential for calcium absorption and is necessary for proper nerve function. The list here can be endless. It is best to seek professional advice from a reliable natural health professional like Kristina Barlow at Nature’s Remedy.

Rest: Both physical and mental stress can wreak havoc on a body’s ability to heal by throwing off hormone balances, leading to increased inflammation and diminished recovery.

Proper rest is essential not only for the body to heal, but also to repair the adrenal glands, which when overly taxed, will hinder the body’s ability to respond to injury.